The New Jersey Devils returned home to Newark after Game 1 against the Flyers in Philadelphia on Sunday. When they returned to Philadelphia Monday evening for Game 2, Ilya Kovalchuk did not join them, and the team will be without its star forward as it tries to avoid falling into a 2-0 hole on Tuesday at Wells Fargo Center.
The team announced before its morning skate Tuesday that Kovalchuk will miss Game 2 with a lower body injury, and that he's suffered with this injury since the first round. He's listed as day-to-day. Devils beat reporter Tom Gulitti reported Monday that Kovalchuk went for therapy on what's believed to be a lower back injury.
Kovalchuk did not look good in Game 1 against Philadelphia. He played an abnormally low 21:20 of total ice time in the game, and more surprising was the zero shots on goal he registered in that time. He was virtually invisible on the ice.
With Kovalchuk out, it looks as though Tim Sestito could get the nod. He won't play 21 minutes.